Your Nail Art Project For The Weekend: These Colorblock Nails

March 1, 2013 by Justine Schwartz
shefinds | Style

Step 1: File nails. Prep nails by filing them -- we used the Kiss Wide Board Grinder ($1.59) 100/180 grits. "Just remember, the higher the grid the softer the file," Erica says. If you're attempting this DIY on acrylics or other artificial nails, use a file with a lower grid.

Step 2: Buffer nails. "With nail art you should always have good clean manicure. Just like an artist need a good clean canvas to paint on!"

Step 3: Apply basecoat. Erica recommends Orly Bonder Rubberized Basecoat ($100).

Step 4: Apply your base color. We chose Essie Chinchilly ($8) because it's a light, neutral shade on which the other colors would pop.

Step 4: Apply your base color. We chose Essie Chinchilly ($8) because it's a light, neutral shade on which the other colors would pop.

Step 5: Draw a line. Using a nail art brush, also called a "stripper," draw a diagonal line across the nails in your second color - varying the direction/degree of the line on each nail. Some people use tape for this step, but Erica recommends using a stripper instead, like this Kiss Nail Artist Paint ($6.99).

Tip: The best way to get a good line is to hold your hand flat on a table and draw in one swift motion. "Try not to think about too much; it's OK if the line isn't perfect - this is nail art. Just have fun with it!"

Step 6: Fill in the area. Fill in the area using a regular brush in a matching or identical color (using the thin stripper brush would be tedious). We used Essie Aruba Blue ($10), but you can use any colors that contrasts nicely with your base.

Tip: You can buy strippers at your local drugstore for just a few dollars. Remember to bring your polish color with you to the store to match the color. If you can't find a color that is close enough, just use the stripper to fill in the nail as a last resort.

Step 7: Draw a line in your third color  Using the stripper brush, draw a line in your third color. These lines should go in the opposite direction from the second color, and should be either bigger or smaller in size. We use black as our third color.

Step 8: Fill in your third color. We used Chanel Black Satin ($27). Apply second coat as needed. "Just make sure you give yourself enough time for drying (or do thin coats if you know your doing two coats), and make sure the coats are even. Clumpy nails are never cute!

Step 9: Apply top coat and drying accelerator. Erica swears by:  Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat ($8.99) Qtica Half Time Polish Drying Accelerator ($6.99).

Step 10: Ta-da!

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